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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Censorship and Oppression In Iran .......

Akbar-e-Rooz website .....
According to news , on the 20th anniversary of the death of " Ahmad Shampoo " the great Iranian poet, members of the Iranian Writers Association have attended at the " Emamzadeh Taher cemetery " to commemorate the life of this great Iranian poet. When arrived at the cemetery noticed the security forces of the Islamic regime have closed the entrance gate to the cemetery and the agents were calling those gathered to" go away , Go away " and dispersed them . Those attended in this picture are: Alireza Jabbari , Atefeh Chaharmahalian , Ali Kakavand and Hafez Musavi .... IRAN WATCH CANADA : Censorship and oppression is part of this theocratic, dark and despotic regime . This tyrannical Islamic regime in Iran won't tolerate any kinds of civil society and NGO's , which the Middle East societies need most to create and develop a process to enlighten or empower their societies and the world has closed their eyes to the need of this countries just because of their economical gains and interests .

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Daughter & Son of Narges Mohammadi The Leading imprisoned Human Rights Defender In Iran

Son and daughter of Narges Mohammadi( the leading imprisoned human rights defender) who are with their father Mr. Rahmani in France, in a short video clip released recently, called people all over the world, to be their voice, so they can hear their mom's voice . It was in the news and social media that Narges Mohammadi was admitted to the prison clinic for infection to Covid 19 .

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Regime Postponed The Execution Of Three Young Iranian Protesters Due To The Protest By Thousands of Iranian In and Outside of Iran On Tweeters Account # Don't Execute .....

Etemad Newspaper - Iran Etemad Newspaper wrote: The execution of Amir Hossein Morandi , Hossein Tamjidi and Mohammad rajabi is postponed temporarily . The Cases will be reviewed by Supreme court .
Thousands of Iranian participated in many forms of protest including Tweeters # No To Execution , on Facebook , on telegram and whatsapp and other means Calling to stop the execution of three young Iranian protesters of last uprising. Regime have announced it has postponed the execution . IRAN WATCH CANADA : The Clergies tyrannical Islamic regime in Iran is under pressure not only they can't manage the political - economic crisis but also the poverty and unemployment is rising up in Iran . They have been only successful so fare by massacring the people in all the uprising and post uprising by arresting and detaining the protesters and threatening the families of the protesters . The postponement of the execution is because of the fear regime have from people who may pour into the street at any time.

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Covid 19 In Iran : Mazanderan Province Is On Red Alert .....217 People have lost their Lives In 24 Hours ...

News from Akbar-e-Rooz ( Daily News )....
Spokesperson from the ministry of health and Safety announced : There are 2,414 new cases in 24 hours and the number of those lost their lives is 14,405 and the total number of cases in the country is 275,202 people. In the meantime Mazanderan province is in Red Alert .

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 15 July 2020 Iran: Two Kurds executed amid increasing use of death penalty as weapon of repression There has been an alarming escalation in use of the death penalty against protesters, dissidents and members of minority groups in Iran, Amnesty International said today, following the executions on 13 July of two Kurdish men in Urumieh prison in West Azerbaijan province. Diaku Rasoulzadeh and Saber Sheikh Abdollah had been convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 solely on the basis of torture-tainted “confessions” and amid overwhelming evidence pointing to their innocence. Hours later a judicial official announced that the death sentences of three young men imposed in connection with the anti-establishment protests in November 2019 had been upheld. In addition, at least five prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority and three prisoners from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority are at risk of execution. Another Kurdish man remains forcibly disappeared and is believed to have been secretly executed by firing squad. Amnesty International is calling on the UN and its member states to urgently intervene to save the lives of those at risk of execution, and urge Iran to stop using the death penalty to sow fear and silence political opposition. “Diaku Rasoulzadeh and Saber Sheikh Abdollah are the latest victims of Iran’s deeply flawed criminal justice system, which systematically relies on fabricated evidence including ‘confessions’ obtained under torture and other ill-treatment to secure criminal convictions. Using executions as a tool to instil fear and maintain an iron grip on society is unimaginably cruel,” said Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “The death penalty is always a cruel and inhuman punishment. The case of these two men is so marred with flaws and lack of any credible evidence that the horror of their executions is highlighted even further.” Diaku Rasoulzadeh and Saber Sheikh Abdollah, who were in their early 20s and 30s respectively, were taken outside their cells in Urumieh prison on 13 July. According to information leaked from inside prison, they were deceptively told by prison officials that their death sentences had been quashed by the Supreme Court and they were being taken outside prison to start their retrial process. Instead, the prison officials transferred them to solitary confinement and executed them in the early hours of the following day, without their lawyers receiving prior notice. The two men had been on death row since 2015, having been sentenced in connection with a deadly armed attack in 2010, in which they had repeatedly denied involvement. Their trial was grossly unfair; it ignored the men’s strong alibis and relied exclusively on torture-tainted “confessions”, which, according to their lawyers, had been dictated to the men by officials from the ministry of intelligence and were riven with inconsistencies. Chilling rise in death penalty These latest executions follow a chilling rise in the use of the death penalty by Iran’s authorities apparently to intensify fear and deter popular protests over worsening political and economic crises engulfing the country. Hours after the executions in Urumieh, the spokesperson of the judiciary announced that the death sentences of three young men imposed in connection with the protests of November 2019 in Tehran had been upheld by the Supreme Court. This is despite widespread international condemnation and public outrage. Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi underwent grossly unfair trials as well. Their allegations of torture and other ill-treatment were ignored and “confessions” extracted from Amirhossein Moradi without a lawyer present, reportedly through beatings, electric shocks and being hung upside down, were relied upon to convict them of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) through acts of arson and vandalism. The men denied the accusations. Even if they were true, acts of arson and vandalism do not reach the threshold of the “most serious crimes”, involving intentional killing, to which the use of the death penalty must be restricted under international law. Earlier on 30 June 2020, the judiciary announced that political dissident and journalist Rouhollah Zam had been sentenced to death for “spreading corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel arz) through running a popular social media news channel, called AmadNews, which the authorities have accused of inciting the protests of December 2017 and January 2018. His forced “confessions” have been repeatedly broadcast on state TV in recent months. His appeal is pending before the Supreme Court. At least three death row prisoners from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority, namely Hossein Silawi, Ali Khasraji and Naser Khafajian, and five death row prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority targeted for real or perceived affiliation with armed Kurdish political opposition groups, namely Heydar Ghorbani, Houshmand Alipour, Saman Karimi, Arsalan Khodkam and Mohayyedin Ebrahimi, are also at risk of execution. All men were sentenced to death following grossly unfair trials which took place between 2016 and 2020 and relied primarily or exclusively on “confessions” obtained without the presence of a lawyer and under torture and other ill-treatment. Another Kurdish prisoner on death row, Hedayat Abdollahpour, has been forcibly disappeared since 9 May 2020 as the authorities refuse to reveal the truth concerning his secret execution and return his body to his family. A seventh Kurdish prisoner, Mostafa Salimi, was executed on 12 April 2020 in the city of Saqqez, in Kurdistan province. He was executed shortly after he was recaptured in apparent reprisal for his escape from prison in late March amid protests and riots over the spread of COVID-19 in Iran's prisons. Amnesty International is concerned that death row prisoners from Iran’s disadvantaged ethnic minorities are particularly at risk, given the authorities’ pattern of executing prisoners from these groups when concerned about the eruption of popular protests. “Iran’s increasing use of the death penalty as a political weapon for repression is alarming and warrants the immediate attention of the international community. Without urgent diplomatic and public action, more lives in Iran are at risk of being cut short by the state’s execution machine,” said Diana Eltahawy. Details of latest executions in Urumieh Diaku Rasoulzadeh, Saber Sheikh Abdollah and a third man, Hossein Osmani, were separately arrested in Mahabad in 2014. They were subsequently transferred to a detention centre in Urumieh, where they were held without access to their lawyers and families and mostly in solitary confinement for over a year. During this period, they said they were repeatedly tortured, including through severe beatings, floggings, electric shocks, sexual humiliation, suspension from the ceiling, and threats to arrest their relatives, to falsely “confess” that they had taken part in the 2010 armed attack and had travelled to Iraq for military training. Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad, which presided over their case, ignored compelling evidence showing that all three men were elsewhere at the time of the attack, and failed to investigate allegations of torture, even after Hossein Osmani showed the judge marks on his body. According to information obtained by Amnesty International, the men had been threatened by ministry of intelligence officials that they would be tortured further if they retracted their “confessions” in court. They had also been falsely promised to be spared the death penalty if they “co-operated”. In January 2017, the Supreme Court quashed their convictions and sentences on the grounds of lack of evidence and referred their cases for retrial. Hossein Osmani’s death sentence was subsequently reduced to 30 years’ imprisonment, but Saber Sheikh Abdollah and Diaku Rasoulzadeh were sentenced to death again in October 2017. Their sentences were subsequently upheld without their concerns over torture being addressed and despite the lack of credible evidence. In the following years, their requests for pardon were repeatedly rejected. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature or circumstances of the crime; guilt, innocence or other characteristics of the individual; or the method used by the state to carry out the execution. The death penalty violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Khouzestan Province Is Closed For Three Days Because Of Protests .....

According to news, Khouzestan province is closed for three days .The General manager of Khouzestan crisis control announced that, the banks and Government offices of 22 cities of the province will be closed.
According to Fars news , Omid Ben Abbas the general manager of Khouzestan crisis control announced it today. This is the decision of the Governor . All cities in Khouzestan province including Masjed Soleiman is shut down. IRAN WATCH CANADA: This isn't because of Corona virus , Corona virus would be one reason for the shut down but yesterdays protest in Behbehan city is another reason the regime afraid may escalate to all cities in the province as well as all over Iran. In Behbehan protest many have been arrested and there are no news their whereabouts .

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Regime Is Preparing To Suppress Yet Another National Uprising ......

News coming from Iran .... On Thursday July 16,2020 people of Behbehan a city in Khouzestan province went into the street to protest against the : 1- death sentences given to three protesters of ( Aban uprising )and 2- Iran- China agreement which lets China run KIsh Island for 25 years.The protesters chanted : No Gaza , No Lebanon - My soul for Iran ......As a result regime put all its forces in major cities including Tehran , Shiraz , Isfahan, Tabriz and Mashhad on alert. Last week news about national protest were circulating in the social media.It seems regime is facing yet another national uprising in the coming months because of the way they handled the Covid 19, the Iran- China agreement , the poverty , the unemployment , the devaluation of Iranian currency , corruption among the officials and mishandling the finance by helping the Hizbollah in Lebanon , Gaza - Palestine , Syria , Yemen and other Islamic militias around the world. Regime also partially cut the internet in the city of Behbehan , Khouzestan and other cities .

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Narges Mohammadi The Leading Human Rights Defender In Iran Contracted Covid 19 While In Prison ....

News indicate that Ms. Narges Mohammadi The long standing political prisoner of Islamic regime in Iran has contracted Covid 19 and she needs immediate intervention for medical reason. Since she has been ill prior to Covid 19 , her situation is deteriorating and need immediate medical attention . UN and all human rights organizations around the world must call an immediate session for her immediate release from prison.

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We were regularly updating on twitter, but stopped a couple of weeks back, following this latest news: The news is really raw for Nazanin, and it took time for her to accept I might share it. Most of the nightmares she had in solitary have in the end come to pass. Taking away her chance of another child would be the last, something far more final than just taking away four years of our lives, however bad that used to seem. Nazanin is currently on furlough, effectively under house arrest at her parents some, since she was released temporarily with an ankle tag in March. Legally she should have been given clemency a couple of weeks later, but this has been blocked without explanation. Instead Nazanin is required to call in to the Judiciary twice a week for an update on their decision, one bag packed ready for home one bag for a return to prison. The weeks have become months while they decide which one.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

For Immediate Release Iran: Death Penalty for Protest-Related Charges Vague Charges; Allegations of Abuse and Torture (Beirut, July 10, 2020) – Iranian courts have reportedly issued or upheld at least four execution sentences since late June 2020 in connection to repeated protests against the deterioration of economic conditions and government corruption over the past two years, Human Rights Watch said today. These sentences have been issued on vaguely defined national security charges, and defendants have had restricted access to lawyers and alleged that the authorities tortured or abused them to produce coerced confessions. Iranian authorities should immediately repeal the death sentences. “Iran’s version of ‘accountability’ is apparently sentencing people involved in protests in unfair trials rather than investigating the overwhelming evidence of security forces’ excessive use of force and the death of hundreds of protestors who were shot dead by bullets,” said Tara Sepehri Far, Iran researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The judiciary should immediately repeal the recent death sentences and guarantee a fair trial to those who are facing allegations of recognizable crimes.” On June 24, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (Hrana) reported that Iran’s Supreme Court had upheld the death sentences against Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi, and Mohammad Rajabi, three young men who were arrested after participating in the November 2019 protests, on charges of “taking part in destruction and burning, aimed at countering the Islamic Republic of Iran.” A day later, the Young Journalist Club news agency reported that an informed source denied that the Supreme Court upheld the sentences. However, on July 10, Mostafa Nili, a member of the legal team chosen by the family, tweeted that the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences. Earlier, Nili, along with Babak Paknia and Hossein Taj, other lawyers chosen by the families of those sentenced, reported on their social media accounts that authorities had denied their requests to read the indictment and charge sheets and submit a defense on behalf of their clients. The authorities arrested Moradi on November 19, after he participated in the protests earlier in Tehran. Authorities in Tehran’s security police and Evin prison severely beat Moradi, who suffers from psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes chronic skin irritation and can be exacerbated by stress, a source who preferred to remain anonymous told Human Rights Watch on July 5. Moradi was hospitalized due to his health condition between March 15 and May 16. Authorities arrested Tamjidi and Rajabi on December 28 and beat both of them in detention as well, the source said. The Hrana news agency reported that the three defendants appeared in branch 15 of Tehran’s revolutionary court on January 24 and 25, along with two women, Mojhgan Eskandari, and Shima R. The court subsequently sentenced Moradi, Tamjidi, and Rajabi to death on the charge of “taking part in destruction and burning, aimed at countering the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL QUOTE 10 July 2020 Iran: Man executed for drinking alcohol Following the Iranian judicial authorities’ confirmation that on 8 July, a man in the city of Mashhad was executed following repeated convictions for drinking alcohol, Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa, said: “The Iranian authorities have once again laid bare the sheer cruelty and inhumanity of their judicial system by executing a man simply for drinking alcohol. The victim was the latest person to be executed in Valkalibad prison, the site of numerous secret mass executions and a grotesque theatre of Iran’s contempt for human life. “We deplore the Iranian authorities’ repeated use of the death penalty, which has earned it the shameful status of the world’s second most prolific executioner. There is no justification for the death penalty which is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and we urge the Iranian authorities to abolish it.” Under Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, consumption of alcoholic beverages is punishable by 80 lashes, and if an individual is convicted and sentenced three times, the punishment on the fourth occasion is death.

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